Hi, I’m Barbara Coffin.

Moseley, VA

Phone Number

(804) 639-5971


[email protected]


Redeemer Lutheran Church
Director of Discipleship


Concordia University – Bachelors
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - Masters

Church Affiliation


Years In Ministry

20 years




Teaching/preaching, volunteer recruiting/training, organizing events, administration

Tools & Software

Shepherd Staff and Constant Contact


Spouse: Jeffrey, married 17 years
Kids: Luke (8), Nathaniel (12)

Top 3 Strengths


Social/people skills0%


Family Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I grew up in the church but didn’t realize Christ in a personal way until I went away to college. At college I joined a Christian fellowship group and learned really what it meant to walk with Christ
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
My parents introduced me to faith and we have since grown immensely in it. My best friend showed me how to have a personal relationship with Christ and how to pray. My pastor helped to develop my call to serve in God’s church.
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
I have learned that you need to communicate in several different ways for people to understand. I use multiple ways such as social media, announcements, one-on-one meetings, paper mail, phone calls etc. I don’t think one can over communicate. It is very important for everyone to understand the direction of the ministry and be on the same page.
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I used a team of volunteers to create a new children’s ministry program complete with a new logo, marketing plan, curriculum, and program activities. I value a volunteers time so I tired to limit the amount of meetings and kept to an agenda. I also delegated work that needed to be accomplished to volunteers who were excited about or skilled in certain areas. The end result was a three year plan for slowing incorporating a new children’s ministry to the congregation.
How would you alleviate the confusion when you are communicating with volunteers and it becomes apparent that they don’t understand what you’re saying or vice versa?
I would restate what I said in a different way and ask if they understand or had questions. I would then follow up to clarify what they think they heard.
Spiritual Growth
Once you lead a student/child to Christ, how do you communicate their decision to their parents? Once a child accepts Christ as their Savior, how do you begin discipling them?
I would go with the student (if they wanted me to) to talk to their parents. I would pray with the student first and ask them how they feel about sharing with their parents. I could roleplay a discussion with the student to hopefully make them more comfortable if needed. Secondly, I would discuss the importance of daily discipleship patterns. I could show them a daily Bible reading pattern and discuss the importance of attending church and Christian fellowship. I would ask if they wanted to meet weekly. I wouldn’t want to overwhelm the student but just bring up a few new ideas they could start on their own.
As the spiritual leader of the children’s ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Assuming I have already built a good relationship with them, I like asking the question of “what is God doing in your life currently and what are you going to do about it?” Everybody’s faith walk is different so the answer varies but I would be sure they are studying their Bible regularly. I am a very encouraging person and very willing to pray with anyone at anytime.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Matthew 28:18-20. Through the Holy Spirit Jesus has given me power to serve Him. I am to go to all people, wherever and whoever, and teach them of Him. A disciple is to be an example of Christ in their life and make more disciples. I don’t go alone but know that God is with me.
What was the most creative idea you introduced in your last ministry role? What steps did you take to implement that idea with leadership, volunteers, and families if applicable?
I mentioned before starting a children’s ministry program for a congregation that didn’t have anything in place. This turned out wonderfully because it not only formed relationships with the kids but the parents too. I started the formation of this plan with a team of volunteers that had a great skill set for the specific things a children’s ministry would need. We developed a marketing plan, volunteer base, calendar of events, and a three year plan to introduce it. The program brought in new families from the church, school and neighborhood.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
It is very hard to evaluate spiritual growth as it is a very personal thing. However, I tried to do so with a spiritual growth survey after a year of Bible study and sermon focus on personal discipleship habits. I regularly evaluate programs by keeping attendance and asking volunteers via surveys or one-on-one for feedback.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
A team of volunteers and I had a field day outside on our church lawn. We invited the neighborhood and advertised on the local social media event pages. We had a lot of new families hanging around and just playing games outside. We had a short family devotion and the families were also given packets with a free gift and information on our next family event and our worship services.
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
I set a goal of having one large fellowship event per month for children aged 3 to 5th grade. I recruited a team of folks who are passionate and creative in this age group to create and hold the events. Yes, we accomplished our goal.
What do you do to stay current with the culture of young adults today?
I try to keep up with social media, news. as well as my young adult friends
What do you see as some of the biggest problems plaguing youth currently?
They need to learn to have their identity in Christ which is putting Him first in all they do and having a confidence in Him. They need to understand the Bible in order to make good decisions. They need to have good discipleship habits to not only be able to defend their faith but also to address current peer issues. They need to also understand their place and purpose in the church and world.
Describe what a weekend student ministry experience would look like. What multimedia components would be used to create a learning experience that makes the Bible relevant?
A weekend would involve corporate worship, time for group and individual Bible study, and lots of playtime. I have found video clips useful for teaching but technology is not a strength of mine. I would probably find a volunteer to help with the technology.
Describe the diversity of some of the ministries with which you’ve worked. How did you go about learning and educating yourself in order to effectively reach your community?
I ministered in Japan as a missionary. Prior to my serving I attended a six month class to learn the culture and language of Japan. I built relationship with the national people to establish trust before I shared anything verbally about faith and Christianity. In order to build relationships I had many lunches, dinners, and one-on-one meetings to let them get to know me as a person. I also continued my personal study once my six month class was over.
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
Unfortunately, in the churches I have served at in the past the volunteers weren’t required to go through a background check. I feel especially volunteers that work with children and youth should. Since I wasn’t supported in having the volunteers get background checks I created safety handbooks which included emergency procedures and classroom rules.
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and kids pastor?
I am a big believer in team ministry and sharing the workload. The team needs to be on the same page and together moving the church in the same vision and mission. The senior pastor does have the final decision but hopefully he would listen to his team. I would hope the team would pray together and seek the Word for direction.


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Favorite Bible Story


Favorite Scripture

Joshua 1:9